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Wed Sep 14, 2016, 06:01 AM

Rep. Kotek pushes for statewide cap on rent hikes, end to 'no-cause' evictions

House Speaker Tina Kotek, signaling fresh urgency for tackling Oregon's housing crisis, said she will push next year to end no-cause evictions, lift the state's ban on rent-control laws and ban all rent increases above a "reasonable" percentage for the foreseeable future.

Kotek laid out those policy goals in an address Monday night to the Oregon Opportunity Network, a supportive advocacy group that lobbies for affordable housing and renter protections.

But Kotek, according to a transcript of her remarks, said she fully expects the proposals will spark controversy.

"Frankly, it means things are going to get uncomfortable," the North Portland Democrat told the gathering of housing advocates. "Discomfort and determination are necessary when dealing with a crisis. We all need to be up to the task."

Read more: http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/09/kotek_pushes_for_statewide_ren.html

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